The Day Of Bonfires And Haircuts

05/19/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
On the Sea of Galilee, a boat ride. In Moscow, a parade. In Australia, bonfires from Perth to Melbourne. In South Africa, Bedouin-style braais, as barbecues are known there. In Israel, the U.S. and other Jewish venues, festive haircuts and weddings and picnics and other spirited celebrations. On Lag b’Omer, the 33rd day of the period between Passover and Shavuot, a period of semi-mourning because of a divine-sent plague that took the lives of 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva 2,000 years ago during the first 32 days of the Omer, joy is a mitzvah.

Moscow Rabbi Inspired By U.S. Outrage

08/19/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The chief rabbi of Moscow, in the United States during the shooting attack at a Jewish community center near Los Angeles last week, was distressed by the anti-Semitic incident, but encouraged by the forceful reaction of American political leaders. Russian leaders are silent about recent outbreaks of anti-Semitism in Moscow, he says.

Still Out In The Cold

02/07/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Yossi Goldberg played soccer and basketball as a boy growing up in Israel, but figure skating was in his blood — his mother was a figure skater in Lithuania. That, says Goldberg, founder and president of the Israeli Figure Skating Association, is why he has devoted a dozen years to a winter sport in a Mediterranean country.
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